Get Out Of Your Own Way

A few days ago, I was sitting at my kitchen table, drinking coffee, gazing out the sliding glass door, lost in thought about what to write for the day. I couldn’t help but think about all the things I wish I had started a long time ago. I’m sure you know the feeling; it’s that nagging sense of regret that creeps up on you when you think about all the things you wish you’d done earlier and all the seemingly missed opportunities.

I’ve always had a love for writing and sharing stories, as far back as I can remember. But I never pursued it seriously until recently. I spent years talking about starting a blog for words (you can ask any of my friends, haha), making excuses – telling myself that I needed to niche down and stick to food blogging because there’s no way to be successful with just a journal blog. So why even bother? But the truth is, I was just scared. Scared of rejection, and more scared of…failure.

What if I suck? What if no one even reads it? Those were the questions I kept asking myself.

Then it hit me. Who even cares? And in that very moment, I realized something huge – I’ve been the one holding myself back all this time. The more I thought about it, the clearer things became and I started to see how much value there is in going after something I truly love. It was time I got out of my own way. So, I made a commitment to myself right then and there to write regularly, even if it was just for a few minutes a day.

And you know what, my friend? I’m freaking doing it. And it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Of course, I still have fleeting moments of self-doubt, but you know what? I just push through and keep right on going. Writing this blog has brought me so much joy and fulfillment and that’s all that matters.

I will say though, starting this blog later in life did have some unexpected advantages. For one, I have a lot of blogging experience now, which gave me a strong set of skills to draw from. And starting writing later in life also allowed me to approach this blog with a sense of purpose and intentionality that I may not have had years ago, and those are both really good things.

So, I guess my point in all this is that it’s never too late to pursue your passions and do something you love, my friend. Don’t let fear, doubt, or regret hold you back. Embrace the possibilities and take the first step towards creating the life you want to live. And who knows, maybe someday I’ll even look back at this post and marvel at all the things I’ve accomplished since I started taking my own advice. Ha! 😁

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